The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in a controversial case yesterday that a man who used prescribed marijuana after work hours was not protected from termination under the state’s “lawful activities” statute. Brandon Coats worked as a telephone customer service representative for Dish Network and filed suit after he was fired for a positive drug test in July 2010. Coats is a quadriplegic and used marijuana to control muscle spasms, he claimed that such use was within the confines of his state-issued license – not on company property or company time. The case hinged on whether or not the Supreme Court would interpret the lawful activities statute (which disallows termination on the basis of legal activities performed outside of work) as a subject of federal law or state law or both. The justices found 2-1 that the definition of “lawful” must mean federal and state law. The dissenting opinion privileged state law exclusively.